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Sylvio Behring
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Sylvio Behring

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Master Sylvio Behring is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coral belt (7th degree) and a Judo black belt who is regarded as one of the top grappling instructors in the world. Sylvio initiated his career training under his father’s guidance – Grand Master Flavio Behring, having also worked extensively with Grand Master Alvaro Barreto while becoming one of Barreto’s best students. Behring is brother to the late Marcelo Behring, another key figure in this martial art’s history.

Sylvio Behring Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Sylvio da Matta Behring

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos GracieHelio Gracie > Alvaro Barreto > Sylvio Behring

Main Achievements:

  • “First Challenge of Jiu Jitsu” Superfight Champion (1987)

Weight Division:

Team/Association: Franco-Behring

Sylvio Behring Biography

Master Sylvio Behring was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 1962. Being the son of a prestigious black belt such as Flavio Behring, it was predictable that Sylvio would start practising Jiu Jitsu from an early age, and indeed he did. At the age of 4 Sylvio was initiated to the “gentle art” by Joao Alberto Barreto.

In 1970 the Behring’s moved to São Paulo where Sylvio continued his training with a (then) living legend: Gastão Gracie. Four years later the family moved back to Rio de Janeiro and Sylvio carried on under the guidance of Alvaro Barreto (Joao Alberto’s younger brother).

Sylvio was a natural and by 1980 (as a purple belt) he was was chosen to become an assistant instructor of Master Alvaro Barreto. It was also around the same time that Flavio Behring signed up both his sons: Sylvio and Marcelo, to one of Brazil’s top Judo schools. The famous dojo run by George Mehdi. Training under Mehdi he was eventually awarded his Judo black belt.

Sylvio Behring received his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in 1984 in a ceremony attended by João Alberto Barreto, Reyson Gracie and Alvaro Barreto (Marcelo Behring would also receive his black belt later that year). In 1987 Sylvio Behring became the head instructor of the famous Corpo Quatro academy in Copacabana’s Rua Francisco Sá, a small academy famous for having had the elite of BJJ as coaching staff. Coaching at Corpo Quatro he built up a strong competition team creating in the process one of the very first all female teams in BJJ.

It was around 1992 that Sylvio started working on the development of his “Progressive System of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”.  A curriculum for the martial art, implementing some of the more traditional views on jiu jitsu.

Sylvio Behring was promoted to red and black belt/coral (7th degree) in 2008 by Grand Masters: João Alberto Barreto, Alvaro Barreto and his father Flavio Behring.

Always surrounded by Jiu Jitsu, Sylvio has also worked as vice-president of FJJD-Rio (Federação de Jiu Jitsu Desportivo do Rio de Janeiro) as well as taken on the roll of head coach at the X Gym in Rio de Janeiro, where he coached many of the Black House MMA team fighters.


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